Bechamel Sauce (White Sauce)

Bechamel Sauce (White Sauce)
Makes:
12
servings (1/4 cup each)
Prep Time:
5
minutes
Total Time:
20
minutes
based on 16 reviews
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Dietary Considerations:

Low CalorieVegetarian
This white sauce recipe is a versatile and useful as a base for making cheese sauce or macaroni and cheese from scratch.

In this recipe:

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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white or black pepper
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 3/4 cup water

Directions:

MELT butter in small saucepan. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Gradually add evaporated milk and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes just to a boil.
Recipe makes 3 cups.

FOR HERB SAUCE:
PREPARE
1 cup White Sauce, adding 1 clove finely chopped garlic to butter. Add 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, basil or sage to flour mixture. Proceed as above. Makes 1 cup.

FOR CHEESE SAUCE:
PREPARE
1 cup White Sauce, decreasing butter and all-purpose flour to 1 tablespoon each and the water to 1/3 cup. Eliminate the salt. Proceed as above. Stir in 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded or cubed processed cheese product until melted. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

FOR CHEDDAR CHEESE SAUCE:
PREPARE
1 cup White Sauce, decreasing butter and all-purpose flour to 1 tablespoon each and the water to 1/3 cup. Proceed as above. Stir in 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese until melted. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.


Reviews:

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Delicious White Sauce

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Debra Kay from ELK MOUND, WI

This is the best recipe for white sauce that I have ever used. I've added chopped onion and fresh sliced mushrooms and sauted them in the butter. It's absolutely delicious and so very easy to make. Thanks for the recipe.

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  •  Star(s)

    Perfect white sauce

    donna patrick from CHILLICOTHE, OH

    This is great on pasta or as a "cream soup" base if you don't want to use canned soup. I added smoked paprika to it. It was perfect!

  •  Star(s)

    White Sauce

    Kelly Evenson from Sultan, WA

    Tried this one the other night,added some "variations" to it,turned out very well & I will use this one again of that I am sure! We used it as an alfredo sauce. I was very surprised.

  •  Star(s)

    The Best

    Joanne Moomaw from Baird, TX

    This is one of the best basic sauce recipes. It's easy, creamy and you can make so many additions. It's really fun to work with.

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    WHITE SAUCE

    LIZ PEASE from EAST STROUDSBURG, PA

    THIS RECEIPE IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR.MY MOM USED TO MAKE CHICKEN WITH THIS SAUCE,INSTEAD OF WATER I USED FRESH CHICKEN STOCK AND I ALSO ADDED MUSHROOMS AND SOME ONIONS.VERY GOOD OVER EGG NOODLES.

  •  Star(s)

    White Sauce

    Carol Chaltron from MADISON HEIGHTS, MI

    Excelant sauce. I used it with noodles and meatballs. Like a swedish meatball. I just hope the extra stores well. ( In the frig ) Thank you for another wonderful easy recipe. Would give more stars if I could

  •  Star(s)

    Quick & Easy

    Jan Wilkins from BLYTHEVILLE, AR

    This is the white sauce recipe I use all the time. It is the quickest, easiest, and tasty-est I have found.

  •  Star(s)

    White Cream Sauce

    Paul Brown from W.Warwick, RI

    Very good Sauce I have used it with chicken dishes mixed with cheese I used it with vegtables. As a basic sauce it is excellent and the possibilities are endless. Thank you Carnation you're also my Coffee creamer.

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    Great Find

    pam zollinger from AKRON, OH

    I had been looking for this made it up in a flash. Taste great. Works well

  •  Star(s)

    White sauce

    Jennette Canteen from FLORENCE, SC

    This is very good. I used this to replace alfredo sauce.

  •  Star(s)

    White Sauce

    Patricia Bradley from GREENSBORO, NC

    So easy and can be used in so many ways! We all thought it tasted great!!

  •  Star(s)

    White sauce

    Carolyn McClellan from WOODRUFF, SC

    This white sauce is excellent! I use white sauce often and this recipe gave the best quality and quanity for my egg noodle casserole. Thank you Carnation. The cheddar cheese, also was a wonderful addition to my old recipe.

  •  Star(s)

    Delicious White Sauce

    Debra Kay from ELK MOUND, WI

    This is the best recipe for white sauce that I have ever used. I've added chopped onion and fresh sliced mushrooms and sauted them in the butter. It's absolutely delicious and so very easy to make. Thanks for the recipe.

  •  Star(s)

    White Sauce

    Carole Finney from HARRISVILLE, OH

    I make this all of the time for my special scalloped potatoes, It is the best recipe for white sauce that I have ever used.

  •  Star(s)

    Delicious!

    Linda Adamo from East Haven, CT

    I have used this sauce for pasta dishes instead of the traditional tomato sauce. I usually add some chopped onion to the butter and saute. I also add some canned mushrooms and bacon pieces. It is absolutely delicious!

  •  Star(s)

    Macaroni and Cheese

    Rachel Thomas from saco, ME

    I am such a Macroni and Cheese freak. I have tasted so many types of cheese with macaroni and this sauce is my favorite.

  •  Star(s)

    Spectacular!!!

    Lu from Jax., FL

    This white sauce was wonderful. I would recomend adding a little bit of oregano.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/12 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 12 

  • Calories: 100
  • Calories from Fat: 60
  • Total Fat: 7g (11% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 4.5g (23% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 25mg (8% of DV)
  • Sodium: 160mg (7% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 6g (2% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g (0% of DV)
  • Sugars: 3g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Vitamin A: 4% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 0% of DV
  • Calcium: 8% of DV
  • Iron: 0% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Bechamel Sauce (White Sauce)

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white or black pepper
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 3/4 cup water

 

Directions

MELT butter in small saucepan. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Gradually add evaporated milk and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes just to a boil.
Recipe makes 3 cups.

FOR HERB SAUCE:
PREPARE
1 cup White Sauce, adding 1 clove finely chopped garlic to butter. Add 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, basil or sage to flour mixture. Proceed as above. Makes 1 cup.

FOR CHEESE SAUCE:
PREPARE
1 cup White Sauce, decreasing butter and all-purpose flour to 1 tablespoon each and the water to 1/3 cup. Eliminate the salt. Proceed as above. Stir in 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded or cubed processed cheese product until melted. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

FOR CHEDDAR CHEESE SAUCE:
PREPARE
1 cup White Sauce, decreasing butter and all-purpose flour to 1 tablespoon each and the water to 1/3 cup. Proceed as above. Stir in 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese until melted. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

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